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Hotels throughout Paris
Hôtel Jeanne d’Arc (3 rue de Jarente, 4th arrondissement, Metro: St. Paul). Few guidebooks listing “best bet” hotels in Paris omit the Hôtel Jeanne d’Arc. And for good reason. For those looking for a quiet, quaint, attractive, and comfortable, yet moderately priced hotel in the heart of one of Paris’s most trendy and lively neighborhoods, this may be it. This photo gallery shows how bold and successful the recent renovations of this 18th-century edifice were. Jeanne d’Arc is located just off the charming and quiet St. Catherine Square, and just steps away from the Place des Vosges, Place de la Bastille, Ile Saint Louis, and the many museums and shops that dot the Marais. Note that while the cost of breakfast at many Paris hotels has climbed to double digits, breakfast here remains moderately priced (6 euros). If your trip is in late July or early August—usually the hottest four weeks of the Parisian summer—be aware that Jeanne d’Arc does not have air conditioning.
Hôtel des Saints Pères (65 rue des Saints Pères, 6th arrondissement, Metro: Saint-Germain-des Prés or Sèvres-Babylone). Although this 17th-century hotel carries three stars on its sign, most everything—its exterior, its lobby, its elegantly appointed rooms—suggests a higher class of hotel. Saint Pères is close to Saint-Sulpice (ideal for De Vinci Code pilgrims), the bustle of the Latin Quarter, and just a few minutes’ walk from the Louvre. Rates range from 145-320 euros/night, but be sure to check special offers that could come in the form of lower rates, free breakfast, a free night’s stay (for extended visits), or some combination of the above.
Hôtel des Marronniers (21 rue Jacob, 6th arrondissement, Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, or Odéon). Hôtel des Marronniers represents a moderately priced option in the Saint Germain neighborhood. Happily one doesn’t sacrifice comfort for value. Even though the building is 400 years old, it has been updated with modern plumbing and all the creature comforts one would expect in a modern hotel. The rooms are big enough and warmly decorated, and they all face a quiet interior garden—an attractive feature for light sleepers. Upper-level rooms look out over the rooftops of Paris, with a view of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. Public rates are 135-190 euro/night, but if you reserve online, rates fall to 109-159 euros/night. Stay a minimum of four nights and rates fall even further to 95-135 euros/night. The web site is mediocre, but the hotel is just fabulous—which is preferable to the reverse.
Hôtel des Grands Hommes (17 place du Pantheon, 5th arrondissement, Metro/RER: Luxembourg) is located just across the street from the Panthéon, from which the hotel takes its name, and just up the hill from the Luxembourg Gardens. This photo gallery shows the hotel’s historic character and gives a sense of how graciously it provides elegant comfort without veering into ostentatious opulence. The Hôtel des Grands Hommes, like the airline that will bring you to France, openly practices multi-tier pricing. A superior room, for example, will cost anywhere from 100 to 310 euros/night, depending on how close to capacity they are when your reservation is booked. There is also a 5% discount on room rates, as well as a three euro/person discount for breakfast, if you book online. If your travel dates are not yet set in stone, consider using their online tool to help you identify periods when room rates are the lowest.
Hôtel George V (31 avenue George V, 8th arrondissement, Metro: George V). When this Four Seasons premier hotel states that the George V “redefines luxury service in the City of Light,” it’s pretty hard to refute that claim. With every detail just so, the George V is yet a cut above the fictional “Relais Bisson,” the hotel of choice depicted in Eloïse Goes to Paris. Had Eloïse (accompanied by Nanny) opted for the George V, she could have “skibbled” across a lobby that looks like this. And she would have been amply rewarded with “welcome amenities for younger guests” such as: child-sized bathrobes, complimentary children’s toiletries, complimentary food and beverages, and children’s hairdressing services. Adults are also pampered in every conceivable way. Consider the George V only if 800 euros/night is within your budget.